Major League Soccer's worst team in 2019 has taken another big step toward building a competitive roster. FC Cincinnati have signed striker Jurgen Locadia on loan with an option to buy from Premier League club Brighton; he will occupy the club's second Designated Player slot.
“We are excited to bring in a proven forward in Jürgen to strengthen our attacking abilities,” FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp said in a press release.
“He is a talented goalscorer in his prime and we feel adding an impact player of his caliber will be a great addition to our club. We look forward to welcoming Jürgen to our club and city.”
Locadia, 26, made his name in his home country of the Netherlands, rising up the ranks to become PSV Eindhoven's hot prospect. In seven seasons, he scored 45 goals in 127 appearances, earning his move to England.
Unfortunately, the Dutchman's Eredivisie success hasn't translated to the upper-echelon of European leagues. After scoring just three times in his first season with Brighton, he was sent on loan to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga where he's threw in a handful of goals as well.
Cincinnati will be desperate for Locadia to rediscover the scoring touch in MLS. In their inaugural season in 2019, the team were dead last in the league in goals (31) and goal differential (-44).
This signing, along with the arrival of Japanese international Yuya Kubo as the team's first DP, has given Cincinnati a solid base to build around. With one more DP slot open to fill, the look of this squad should inspire a lot more confidence than the 2019 edition.